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Day 4 - Monday, March 5, 2007
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Clear beautiful sky... bright warming sun... still 20-something degrees.

But it's nice and toasty here in the van as we roll along. Iowa and Minnesota are pretty flat and the road is straight. Truth be told, kinda monotonous :) Iowa is a new state. Meaning we haven't visited it since we started these trips in 2004. There aren't many new states left: California, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio (we'll visit there on this trip) and South Dakota. My goal is to visit these before the end of this year.

But in Iowa, there is s-word everywhere. I've spoken with several people about this and they all said the same thing, "You shudda been here LAST week." NOT! :) It's obvious from the amount of s-word piled up in the parking lots that they had a lot of s-word last week. See pix below.

Tonight The Navigator and I are sung and warm in a Motel 6 in Lakeville, MN, near St. Paul. Earlier today, when I posted yesterday's excitement to the web site, I checked the weather for St. Paul, the capital of MN. The low is supposed to be ONE degree. Yes, that's ONE, as in uno :) It's been interesting to experiment with cold weather and sleeping in the van. But one degree pushes the envelope a little too far. So I made on on-line reservation for the motel room.

Watching the weather report tonight on TV was enlightening. The weather guy said the low tonight won't be one, it'll be zero. And that all the s-word might be melted within the next few weeks. Ouch!

I apologize in advance for the poor pix of the Iowa capitol below. I made an error with the settings on the camera.

Tomorrow I hope to make St. Paul, MN, not too hard since we're almost there, Madison, WI and, if getting through Chicago isn't too difficult, Lansing, MI. Three capitols in one day. That would be a record. The Navigator thinks I'm being overly ambitious. Will he be right? Stay tuned :)

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Flying J, my fav. Look at all the s-word. Here's another "hidden capitol" picture. This one's not too hard. Sorry for the poor quality. Shot through the windshield. The capitol of Iowa, located in the capital of Iowa, Des Moines. Sorry for the poor quality. Hey June, here's your Iowa sign. A day late. And look at all the s-word. Beside the highway it's piled up four feet deep from the s-word plowing. They need to change the sign to say, "Fields of S-word."
Interesting use of a water tower. And that's not just a support for the sign. That's a working water tower. I wonder if it freezes in the wintertime? Minnesota goes above and beyond with their welcome sign. Carved in stone, as they say :) And more s-word. My goodness! It's everywhere!
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Begin: 8:00am
End: 5:00pm
Net (includes stops): 9 hrs, 0 mins
Begin odometer: 176,868
End odometer: 177,293
Net miles today: 425
Average MPH: 47.2
Total trip miles: 2,080

Gasoline: $40.00
     Price: $2.399/gal
     Bought in: Malcom, IA
Food, ice, etc.: $20.00
Lodging: $35
Other: $0.00
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A REAL thought for the day from Yogi Berra (one of my all time favs, a wonderful guy!):

You can observe a lot by just watching.

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From Denise in IN:

A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a fly swatter. "What are you doing?" She asked.

"Hunting Flies," he responded.

"Oh. Killing any?" she asked.

"Yep, 3 males, 2 Females," he replied.

Intrigued, she asked. "How can you tell them apart?"

He responded, "3 were on a beer can, 2 were on the phone."

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